Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

Silver Bridge at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

There are many grand things, events, and people that I have encountered in my life, but the day of hiking the Grand Canyon down and up with my Canadian friend several years ago stands out. It was awesome to be able to face that ancient and grand creation of nature and at the same time to feel our minuteness in contrast with that rocky giant. I took this photo on Silver Bridge over the Colorado River – at the bottom of the Canyon, facing the lengthy journey (9.5 miles = 15.3 km) up the Bright Angel Trail to reach the top before the inevitable arrival of darkness.

I wrote about that hike in my post Footprints Left Behind  https://alicjamann.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/footprints-left-behind/

Potrait of Nelson Mandela

A similar feeling of awe and humbleness enveloped me last week when we faced the departure of Nelson Mandela – his strength, vision, perseverance, and political skills were not only grand, but super GRAND and will continue to inspire others for many years to come. I am happy to cherish memories of encountering that man during his visit to Boston in 1990 – soon after his release from prison. Even though I was a minute spot in the huge crowd of others who gathered at the Hatch Shell to honor Mandela, I will never forget that grand day.

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5 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand”

  1. MarkTrocchi Says:

    My heart is in my throat lookoing at the Grand Canyon crosing bridge. Yikes…heights scare me. You’re right about the GC.. If a visit there doesn’t inspire awe in someone, it probably means they don’t have a pulse. Keep up the blogs. Brightens every day when they arrive.

  2. Pam Polloni Says:

    Thanks! I remember seeing that photo of the bridge. Every day I enjoy a different view of the Grand when I look at another of your photos in my kitchen.

    The fact that so many of the world’s leaders safely traveled to pay tribute to Mandela gives us hope for the future.

    • Alicja Mann Says:

      Thank you Pam – I feel always happy hearing from you!

      We need more leaders like Mandela – passionate, visionary, dedicated, honest, and caring to inspire us and keep the flame of hope alive.

  3. Johnb52 Says:

    Magnificent website. Lots of useful information here. Im sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your sweat! gedbkckkekbc

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